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    Cabeza—or beef cheek—tacos are some of the best things this planet has to offer as food. I ate so many of these and other tacos growing up in both L.A. and Orange County that it became part of me and, in a way, prepared me to cook my own tacos. Splash some salsa verde on there, and that's it: SoCal, and especially L.A., on a plate.

    Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
    • Juice of 1/2 lemon
    • Juice of 1/2 orange
    • Juice of 1 lime
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
    • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
    • 1/2 cup whole dried chiles de árbol
    • 1 1/2 whole dried guajillo chiles
    • 1 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
    • 2 quarts water
    • 1 pound beef cheeks, cleaned (ask your butcher to do this for you)
    • 1 1/2 tomatillos, charred
    • 1 1/2 cups roughly chopped fresh cilantro
    • 1 1/2 serrano chiles, with seeds
    • 1 1/2 jalapeños peppers with seeds, charred
    • 2 1/2 garlic cloves, peeled
    • 1/2 cup roughly chopped scallions, charred
    • 1/2 cup natural rice vinegar (not seasoned)
    • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
    • 8 to 10 corn tortillas
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • Chopped white onion
    • Chopped cilantro

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    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 8
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 0 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 0 g 0%
    • Saturated Fat: 0 g 0%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 0 mg 0%
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    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 0 mg 0%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 0 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 0 g 0%
    • Sugar: 0 g
    • Protein: 0 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Vitamin A 0%
    • Vitamin C 0%
    • Vitamin D 0%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
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    • Exchange - Lean Meat0
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